5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Jarrod Gunn-Brockhoff
Graduate Jarrod Gunn-Brockhoff started his MBA while in-between jobs and unsure of his next career move. Today, Jarrod is the Managing Director of his own IT consultancy firm. Read about Jarrod’s MBA journey here.
Why did you decided to study an MBA with AIB?
When I first started the programme, a lot of changes were going on in my life. I’d just been made redundant from my role at a major bank and I didn’t know what my next career choice was. I applied for a bunch of roles and I just couldn’t get to the interview stage. I got a sense that it was to do with the fact that my education wasn’t as high as other candidates, and so I thought I needed to do something about that. I looked around at what options there were to further my education and a friend recommended the Australian Institute of Business.
How did you find the support that you received during your programme?
I found the academics at AIB really relatable, as a lot of them have actually worked in the business world. They were able to share what they had experienced and how it related to the course. The student admin staff were also helpful and responsive. When I would ask a question, I would get a response that day or the very next depending on what hour of the night I sent it.
How did you feel as you progressed and completed the MBA?
When I started the programme I was petrified, as I didn’t think I was smart enough. I picked some subjects up quickly that related to things I’d done in the past and roles that I’d held in other companies. Governance, for example, was something I took to like a duck to water, but there were other subjects that were quite difficult. As I progressed my confidence built up and I realised that I could complete it.
Now that I’ve finished my degree, I’m proud that I’ve achieved the thing that I was so scared to start. There’s a level of confidence that I didn’t have before. I’m also building a network of like-minded friends that went on that same journey with me, and those friendships take you past the course itself. It’s been a great experience.
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This article has been constructed by Megan Baker from an AIB interview. The very best has been done to accurately reflect the thoughts and opinions of the participant.